True Sensation Wins Laurel's Eventful Twixt

Hickory Plains Farm's True Sensation, who had to check back into last place going into the first turn, rallied to in the $75,000 Twixt Stakes for 3-year-old Maryland-bred fillies at Laurel Park.

Along the way, the highly regarded and previously undefeated Darnestown bolted on the second turn, carrying out post-time favorite Undercover and opening the door for True Sensation's winning rally.

True Sensation, the winner of last December's Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship at Laurel Park but winless in seven tries this year, was reunited with jockey Jeremy Rose, who had not been aboard the filly since the Filly Championship. Rose allowed True Sensation to trail, as is her usual style, but they had to pull up sharply behind Tamayo as they raced into the clubhouse turn.

Three furlongs later, as the leaders raced around the final bend, favorite Undercover closed stoutly outside of frontrunner Darnestown, who answered the challenge by bolting to the outer rail. Darnestown hit the barrier, spilled jockey Jozbin Santana and ran down the chute to the backstretch where she was caught.

Santana was unhurt and the filly was ponied back to her barn. Undercover was unable to regain enough momentum to threaten.

"She has the tendency of doing that (bolting). Last time out she tried to do it but I was fortunate enough to straighten her out," said Santana. "This time she switched leads before the turn and she just kept going straight to the outer rail.

"It certainly messed with my fillies mind," said Undercover's rider Mario Pino. "We were laying in a perfect position but by the time I was able to get her composed the other horses were in high gear."

True Sensation was the biggest beneficiary and went on to score by a 1/2 length. Tamayo rallied fiercely but could only come up second. Ribbon Cane was third. The winner paid $26.60 and completed the nine furlongs in 1:54.09.

"The filly was ready to run today," said Rose. "I got the benefit of a little luck on the turn when (Darnestown) bolted and carried (Undercover) out. I stayed on the inside and tried to keep Tamayo down on the rail until I was ready to make my move. I set my horse down at the top of the lane and angled out. She really hung tough the last hundred yards."

Rose rode three winners on the card and completed his first week back in Maryland as a full time rider with eight victories.

(Chart, Equibase)